TVD Vinyl Giveaway: Devo/The Flaming Lips, “Gates of Steel” 7″ Silver Test Pressing

We’re heading back to the ’80s for this Record Store Day exclusive vinyl giveaway…

1980 was a big year for American band Devo. The new wave combo released their third album Freedom of Choice, which featured the band’s biggest hit, “Whip It.” With a strong single, Devo’s third album peaked at number 14 on the Billboard charts and, according to the band’s official bio, “represented a peak in their songwriting.”

In addition to “Whip It,” Freedom of Choice also featured “Gates of Steel,” which was covered by fellow American rockers The Flaming Lips just last year. In celebration of Record Store Day, The Flaming Lips will be releasing a limited edition, silver 7″ of their previously unreleased “Gates of Steel” live cover, with Devo’s live version of the song from the DEV-O Live EP as the B-side.

The release is limited to only 7,500 copies. What’s even more limited edition than that? We’re giving away one of the test pressings.

Known for their psychedelic, out-of-this-world sound and colorful performances, The Flaming Lips brings an interesting take on Devo’s “Gates of Steel.” The Grammy-award winning band is dedicating the release of the limited edition “Gates of Steel” 7″ to the late Bob Casale, Devo’s guitarist, stating, “R.I.P. Bob 2. This is for you, wherever you are.”

For a chance to win the Devo/The Flaming Lips “Gates of Steel” silver  7″ test pressing, drop a comment below naming your favorite ’80s band or musical act. I’m going to go with the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

A winner with a North American mailing address will be chosen on Friday, April 18. The record will be shipped after Record Store Day, April 19.

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  • briantracy

    Well, Killing Joke were at their biggest in the 80’s, even if they aren’t what most people think of as an 80’s band, so that’s my answer.

  • Zachary Zeller


  • crowbarmark

    weird al

  • texastab

    B52s  (the Ricky Wilson era)

  • TomPape

    Joe Jackson

  • Brandon


  • MelissaKG


  • hayden14

    Galaxie 500!

  • JasonDNickolay

    I ama  big B-52’s Fan!

  • Jacob Kieltyka

    Bruce Springsteen

  • TrentVanAlfen

    So many good ones….I’ll go with The Cure!

  • slimjim

    Dexys Midnight Runners

  • UncleBaldie66

    the Cure or New Order

  • Bungbill64

    the Violent Femmes, baby!

  • liddokun

    Public Enemy!

  • btw

    Michael Jackson.

  • Isma

    The cure

  • baffy108

    Is it too ironic to say Devo? Saw em in Central park about 8 years ago and it was an incredible live performance. If saying the band in the giveaway is disallowed, then the Smiths would be next.

  • kc_douglas

    Beastie Boys. Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique changed my life as a kid. Got into them through my older cousin who was like the older brother I never had. Wanted to be just like him and he listened to those records, so I thought that was the coolest thing ever. To this day, they’re still one of my all-time favorite bands.

  • cantrelate


  • ejw

    While the Violent Femmes, Eric B. and Rakim, Talking Heads, and Beastie Boys are all nominees…Best for me is The Pixies…Surfer Rosa and Doolittle ended the decade right.

  • BranScarbro

    Big Country!

  • mike grice

    I remember the day I picked up Freedom of Choice from the local record shop. That with Queen’s Flash Gordon soundtrack. Guess which LP got a lot more playing time?

  • bradvo

    The Beastie Boys!

  • bradvo

    Easy—The Flaming Lips!

  • bradvo

    Most people don’t think about the Flaming Lips as an 80s band.  But they started in the 80s.  So they’re my choice.

  • Alex Parish

    The Cure!

  • goner

    the Go Go’s

  • mucusoffmybrain

    The Cure

  • Shawn

    The Pixies!

  • MicroFinMusic

    Devo! (Even though they started in the 70s)

  • SamFellin

    The Smiths 🙂

  • PosQueWey

    Iron Maiden.

  • Jamesriley72281

    Biz Markie

  • lindseycorporation


  • AC

    Stone Roses

  • Crusty Jesus